Every Day Evidence Our Public Schools Work – #84 for 2014/15 – Graduate Success

Every Day Evidence #84 for 2014/15

June 18, 2015

Good Morning Governor Snyder, Senator MacGregor, Representatives, VerHeulen, Lyons, Brinks, Dillion, Yonker, Hooker,

and Afendoulis

Currently our Michigan Legislative body is working on finding $1.2 billion in “road funding” in order to make Michigan a TOP TEN state for roads.  The current School Aid Budget included a $25.4 million allocation for 3rd grade reading in order to make Michigan a TOP TEN state for academic achievement.

Questions for Your Consideration:

  1. The new School Aid Bill resulted in a $50 per pupil increase in the net-operating revenue. This is approximately a .6% net operating revenue increase for Northview. This is unrestricted revenue.  Do you believe this covers the inflation rate?
  2. Yes, we did receive a $48 per pupil increase in “at risk” funding that is restricted.  Do you know the criteria for use of the $48 per pupil?
  3. Are you aware that the overall funding for K-12 is about the same as the level of funding in Governor Granholm’s last year in office? The priorities changed to cover retirement costs established by previous Legislative actions.
  4. Are you aware that the MPSERS was established by the Legislature not by school districts collective bargaining agreements? Our MI legislators state that paying down this legacy cost will result in more money for K-12 …….. in 2034.
  5. Are you aware of the size of the budget cuts in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, and other districts in your legislative boundaries?
  6. Are your actions strengthening the relevance of public education?

Every Day Evidence – Graduate Success

Today’s EDE comes from Northview High School teacher Brian Bollone.  It is an email from a parent of a NHS graduate.
“I just received a delightful complement and a great piece of “evidence” yesterday from Janine Conway that Northview Public Schools work!  As you may recall, Becki Conway was an outstanding student leader at the high school and was respected by the staff for her socially, academically and spiritually gifts.

I thought both of you would like to know where, Becki Conway Dykstra, is in her life’s journey. 

Mrs. Janine Conway shared with me:
– After high school, Becki graduated from Taylor University with a Biology degree.
-She headed to Des Moines University Medical School, in Iowa.

 -While there, she met Scot Dykstra, a med student in her class, and they were married in December 2013.

 -This Saturday, she and Scot are graduating from Med School.

 -Becki and Scot received their first choice of residency programs, and will begin this June at Muncie, Indiana.  They are both specializing in rural family medicine.”
This is another wonderful piece of “evidence” that NVPS plays a critical role in preparing students for life’s next steps.

Fun Fact

Our roads do need improvement and you plan to allocate $1.2 Billion.  Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is important and an “upstream solution.”  You allocated $25.4 Million.  Your Legislative actions show your priorities. Kent County ISD school districts have done their part.  Now it is time for our Legislators to do their part and increase K-12 by a “3% net-operating revenue” in each of the next three years.

Sincerely,

Michael F. Paskewicz, Superintendent

Northview Public Schools

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